Post-doctoral position, University of Toronto Scarborough

The Weir lab at the University of Toronto Scarborough is looking for a Post-doctoral Researcher to work on avian genomics projects. The lab is developing several genomic-based study systems and has active projects addressing speciation dynamics from a number of Canadian and Amazonian avian hybrid zones, conservation genomics of kiwi, and the genomics of hybrid speciation to list a few. A key focus of the lab is using comparative genomic data to address broad-scale questions in ecology, evolution, and conservation. The successful candidate will work within one of these study systems but will be given freedom to develop their own research questions.

Qualifications: Applicants must have completed a PhD in Evolution, Bioinformatics, Genomics or related discipline within the preceding two years. The applicant should be well versed in coding, working with vertebrate genomic data including familiarity with commonly used pipelines for processing and analysing whole-genome data or reduced genome-datasets.

Salary: $48,000 (plus benefits)

Duration: 2 years

Start Date: Flexible between the dates of March 1 to December 1, 2019.

How to Apply: Please send a curriculum vitae, one-page statement of research skills and interests and copies of two publications to Jason Weir ( before November 1. Short-listed candidates will be provided with instructions on how to apply for a University of Toronto Scarborough Postdoctoral Fellowship. Eight such fellowships are awarded annually across the campus.

Example genomic publications from the Weir Lab (PDF’s available at

  1. Barrera-Guzman, A. O., A. Aleixo, M. D. Shawkey, J. T. Weir. 2018. Hybrid speciation leads to novel male secondary sexual ornamentation of an Amazonian bird. PNAS. 115: E218-E225.
  2. Weir, J. W., O. Haddrath, H. A. Robertson, R. M. Colbourne, A. J. Baker. 2016. Explosive ice age diversification in kiwi. PNAS. 113: E5580-E5587.
  3. Pulido-Santacruz, P, A. Aleixo, J. T. Weir. 2018. Morphologically cryptic Amazonian bird species pairs exhibit strong post-zygotic reproductive isolation. Proc. R. Soc. B 285: 20172081




Peter M. Kotanen
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto Mississauga

I am on sabbatical from July 2018 – June 2019, but will be recruiting several Ph.D. and M.Sc. students to start when I return. My lab studies the ecology of plants and their natural enemies (herbivores and pathogens) in Ontario and elsewhere. Recent work has centred on the effects of insects and soil pathogens on non-native species, and whether damage depends on latitude, population isolation, and other factors. I’m also planning a new project studying factors setting northern range limits of invaders. Information on our research can be found at my home page:

We are a thriving department at a leading research institution, with excellent resources and many opportunities for interaction and collaboration. All graduate students are guaranteed a stable minimum income, currently $26,750 from a variety of sources, which provides for tuition (ca. $8500) and living expenses ($18,250). Additional support is available for research and conference travel. Information on application procedures and our tri-campus graduate program can be found at We will be accepting new applications beginning in November 2018, and will begin to review them in January 2019 for start dates in the summer or fall of 2019. Interested students should first contact me via e-mail:

Some recent publications: 

  • Nunes & Kotanen (2018) Does local isolation allow an invasive thistle to escape enemy pressure? Oecologia 188: 139-147.
  • Nunes & Kotanen (2018) Comparative impacts of aboveground and belowground enemies on an invasive thistle. Ecology and Evolution 8: 1430-1440.
  • Fitzpatrick, Gehant, Kotanen, & Johnson (2017) Phylogenetic relatedness, phenotypic similarity, and plant-soil feedbacks. Journal of Ecology 105: 786-800.
  • Anstett, Nunes, Baskett, & Kotanen (2016) Sources of controversy surrounding latitudinal patterns in herbivory and defence. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 10: 789-802.
  • Kambo & Kotanen (2014) Latitudinal trends in herbivory and performance of an invasive species, common burdock (Arctium minus). Biological Invasions 16: 101-112.

Peter M. Kotanen
Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6 CANADA
tel: 905-828-5365; fax: 905-828-3792

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Ph.D. student needed to study the resilience of trees to drought in the temperate forest


The selected student will (1) validate the tolerance of different species to drought in stands with different structures and compositions using a dendrochronological approach that investigates responses during the numerous episodes of droughts in recent years and 2) evaluate water harvesting strategies and climate variables that control transpiration in the dominant commercial species in southern Quebec using water tracing and flow measurement techniques.

The student will become a member of the Center for Forest Research (CFR) and will benefit from services in statistics, databases, GIS, etc. The project will be conducted in collaboration with the regional hardwoods forestry agency (mostly on private forest lands), Ouranos (a climate change consortium)and the Ministry of forests, wildlife and parks. The student will be supervised by Professors Daniel Kneeshaw (UQAM) and Daniel Houle (MFFP-Ouranos). The latter will also be the supervisor of the MITACS internship at Ouranos.

Requirements: The candidate must have completed a master’s degree in forestry, biology or another relevant discipline and must have an excellent academic record, good writing skills and good analytical skills. Knowledge in ecophysiology and experience in database management are assets.

Treatment: $ 20 – 21,000 / year or more at the doctoral level (funded by a MITACS project), potential to increase salary through TA ship as well, possibility of recruitment scholarship, internal univerity top-up scholarships. A waiver of foreign student fees for foreign students will also be applied

Duration: 3 years

For more information or to apply:

Daniel Houle:

Daniel Kneeshaw:



Assistant Professor – Global Change Biologist, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science, The University of Texas at El Paso

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position for a Global Change Biologist. In particular, we are seeking candidates with expertise in organismal biology and the use of state-of-the-art approaches to study adaptation, habitat shifts, and behavioral and/or other responses to global change. Prospective candidates working at higher ecological levels (e.g., populations, communities, ecosystems), particularly in the US Southwest, are also encouraged to apply.

The anticipated appointment date is fall 2019 or earlier. The successful candidate is expected to establish an extramurally funded research program; to teach and mentor undergraduate, masters’, and doctoral students; and to serve as a member of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) core faculty. Candidates’ research should have a strong potential for collaboration with existing EEB faculty and be able to attract extramural funding. 

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Biological Sciences is among the most productive departments at UTEP and contributes to interdisciplinary graduate programs in Environmental Science, Environmental Science and Engineering, Bioinformatics, and Computational Science. An EEB doctoral program has recently been established. Existing faculty expertise includes ecological, evolutionary, biomedical, and education research fields. Core facilities include capacities for DNA Next-Gen sequencing, bioinformatics, and statistics; Biodiversity Collections; a green roof; and a greenhouse. The department also manages the 38,000-acre Indio Mountains Research Station. Current EEB faculty conduct research throughout the Chihuahuan Desert, Arctic, Congo, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America. More information is available at the Department of Biological Sciences website. 

ABOUT UTEP: Located in one of the largest binational communities in the world, The University of Texas at El Paso is unique among research institutions. UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students, most of whom are Hispanic. The Brookings Institution in 2017 ranked UTEP as the No. 1 leader in equal access to higher education, based on a combination of research productivity and student social mobility. The University has annual externally funded research expenditures of $95 million, maintains an operating budget of $500 million and employs 4,000 people. With 172 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs available in eight colleges and schools, UTEP is the first national research university serving a 21st century student demographic. 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, postdoctoral research experience, and a strong record of research accomplishments. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of research interest, a brief description of teaching and service philosophy, and complete contact information for at least three references. For questions about the position, you may contact Prof. Craig Tweedie, Search Committee Chair at

To apply, please visit

Hiring decisions are based on budget approval.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, the University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. 

The University of Texas at El Paso does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or in the provision of services.


POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP OFFER, Department of Natural Sciences – Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)

Spatiotemporal Individual-Based Modelling of the St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga Population

Project background and objectives

St. Lawrence Estuary beluga population is currently listed as endangered under the Species at Risk Act of Canada. It is also listed as threatened under the Quebec Act Respecting Threatened or Vulnerable Species. Several threats related to navigation activities in the beluga’s critical habitat limit its recovery, including disturbance and exposure to boats’ underwater noise. Mitigating such navigation impacts requires tools to evaluate the performance of potential measures before taking action. The postdoc fellow’s project is part of a broader research program that aims at building a multiagent simulator of boat and whale movements in both the Saguenay and St. Lawrence Rivers to assess the effectiveness of potential mitigation options. The broader goal of the research program is to support a collaborative process to enhance the protection of the at-risk St. Lawrence Estuary beluga population in its critical summer habitat.

The postdoc fellow’s project aims at building calibrated algorithms that accurately simulate belugas’ individual movements by reproducing data-extracted statistical patterns. Several concurrent hypotheses currently exist regarding beluga movements, social dynamics, and responses to the presence of boats in their critical habitat. These hypotheses will be made explicit by the selected candidate. The related uncertainties will be translated into the proposition of concurrent movement algorithms. Statistical patterns will need to be identified at different scales (individual, group and population) and extracted from several datasets provided by collaborators. These patterns will allow to calibrate the movements algorithms and assess their performance using the Pattern- Oriented Modelling approach. Based on a literature review, the selected candidate will propose a series of beluga-specific indicators of navigation impacts (e.g. masking/communication space, disturbance, collision risks). These indicators will be used to assess the performance of mitigation scenarios using the final simulator that will couple a valid beluga IBM with an existing model of boat movements. The development of beluga’s movement algorithms will be based on behavioral ecology theories and developed in collaboration with researchers who have been studying belugas since the early 80’s. Although this modelling project does not require any data collection in the field, the selected candidate will work in close collaboration with researchers from Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM), Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, and will have the opportunity to take part in their field campaign.

The desired candidate will show dynamism, motivation, intellectual curiosity and creativity, ability to work independently and as part of a team, along with a great sense of initiative. He/She will be encouraged and supported to travel for scientific communications (conferences, workshops), meetings with partners and stakeholders. The project funding is provided by the Government of Quebec. The selected candidate will be required to participate in the production of deliverables for the Ministry for Forests, Wildlife, and Parks and Ministry for Maritime Affairs on a yearly basis.


  • PhD in Natural Sciences, Engineering, or any discipline relevant for the project
  • Proficiency in individual-based modelling
  • Java programming or proficiency in another object-oriented programming language
  • Preparing scholarship and grant applications
  • Proficiency in scientific communication (written and oral) to experts and laypeople, including writing scientific articles and conducting literature reviews


  • Knowledge in behavioural ecology especially social mammals
  • Knowledge in underwater acoustics and/or bioacoustics
  • Knowledge in GIS, Spatial analysis and spatial statistics
  • Other technical skills: R, Python, QGIS and Repast Simphony


  • 47k$/year (including UQO’s social benefits)


  • From now to March 31st 2020 (with possibility of extension)

Location (flexible)

• Preferably Ripon or Gatineau (Québec, Canada)


• Email your academic CV (long form), application letter (detailing your skills and assets related to the project requirements), and the name and contact information of 3 academic references to:

o Pr. Clément Chion (;

o Pr. Angélique Dupuch (

• Deadline: September 30th 2018, or until the position is filled.


TENURE TRACK PROFESSOR IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF SPECIES ASSOCIATED WITH FOREST ECOSYSTEMS, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Application deadline: November 30th, 2018.

The Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) is a human sized institution that operates primarily in Abitibi- Témiscamingue, in the Nord-du-Québec region, in the Hautes-Laurentides region and with aboriginal communities. For more than a quarter of a century, UQAT has distinguished itself on several levels: teaching, research and creation, and service to the community. Thanks to its recognized expertise, UQAT plays an increasingly significant role not only at the regional scale, abut also at the provincial, national and international scales. The university’s unique development model builds on partnerships in all its territories and thus ensures accessibility to university training. UQAT has been able to develop in several fields in which it is now renowned: creation and new media, human and social development, education, forests, engineering, management, mining and the environment, health and aboriginal communities.

Since the creation of UQAT, forest research has always been part of the institution’s development plans. Strategic developments, including a partnership with UQAM, have enabled the establishment of a critical mass of interdisciplinary experts in ‘’ecology and sustainable forest management’’ and in ‘’valorisation, characterisation and transformation of wood’’. Consequently, UQAT has a well-established reputation in training, research and technology transfer in forest research, an expertise that is now recognised across Quebec, Canada and the international community. With the creation of the Forest Research Institute (IRF) in 2011, UQAT developed a structure that increases its contribution to forest science and technology. To date, the IRF relies on a team of ten researchers, two Industrial Chairs, two Canada Research Chairs, several specialised laboratories, and an extensive network of partnerships locally and around the world. The Institute attracts over $ 3 million annually in research, publishes more than 50 articles per year in recognised scientific journals, contributes to the training of a large contingent of highly qualified personnel, and is well known for a commitment to technology transfer as it organises a large number of dissemination activities. Renewed in 2014, the NSERC-UQAT-UQAM Industrial Chair in Sustainable Forest Management confirms the importance of developing and implementing innovative strategies and practices for ecosystem-based sustainable forest management. The IRF is active in both Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec, with significant spin- offs for Québec and Canadian society as a whole.

Position to be filled by the Forest Research Institute:


Competition no 2018-61
Date : June 28, 2018


The candidate must be able to develop a research program in molecular biology, more especially in relation to species associated with forest ecosystems, which could include genetic improvement of trees. The candidate should be interested in the application of population genetics, functional genomics or environmental genomics to issues related to forest ecology and forestry. The candidate must demonstrate excellence in the proposed field of research in order to be eligible for the major granting agencies, including the John R Evans Leaders Fund. It should be noted that IRF has a state-of-the-art laboratory in molecular biology that allows the candidate to quickly start their research program. The candidate should also have an interest in doing research in partnership with companies and government agencies associated with forestry, wildlife management, as well as ecological restoration. The candidate must be able to work in a small university in a region whose mission is, among other things, to contribute to the socio-economic development of the community. The professor will supervise graduate students in the Master’s Degree in Ecology and the Doctoral Degree in Environmental Sciences, two of the graduate programs offered at UQAT.


  • Ph. D. in Ecology, Environment, Genetics, Biology, Forestry or a related discipline with expertise in molecular biology;
  • Candidates who have submitted their doctoral thesis could be considered. The candidate will have to commit to all the steps leading to graduation;
  • A research profile demonstrating significant scientific productivity;
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken French (language of teaching), or the intent to acquire it.


  • A postdoctoral fellowship as well as experience in industry or government



June 1st, 2019

2 years (tenure-track position)

Salary is based on the qualifications and experience of each candidate according to the current collective agreement.

In compliance with Canada’s immigration requirements, this competition gives priority to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. UQAT fully adheres to principles of equity, diversity an inclusion, and provides equal employment opportunities to women, persons with disabilities, Aboriginals and visible minorities


Please include a detailed curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation in which you will describe your teaching philosophy, a document summarizing the main orientations of your proposed research program (about two pages), two letters of recommendation, the doctorate diploma or a letter from the thesis director mentioning the date of submission of the thesis.

SPECIFIC CONDITION: For your application to be considered, you must enclose an equal access to employment form, duly completed. Please download and print the form from our website (

All applications will be treated confidentially. Interested candidates must submit their complete application package together with a copy of their diploma, specifying the competition number, before November 30th, 2018 at 4:30 pm, to the attention of:

M. Louis Imbeau, codirector

Institut de recherche sur les forêts
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue 445, boulevard de l’Université
Rouyn-Noranda (Québec) J9X 5E4
Téléphone : 1 819 762-0971, poste 8335 Télécopieur : 1 819 797-4727
Courriel :


Assistant or Associate Professor in Marine Biodiversity Modelling and Conservation

Dalhousie University invites applications for a tenure-stream Assistant or Associate Professor position in the field of marine biodiversity modelling and conservation. The successful candidate will have expertise in biodiversity theory, statistical and mechanistic modelling, as well as substantial work experience in applying such approaches to marine conservation science. Ideally, the candidate would also have solid track record in contributing scientifically to the international biodiversity policy arena.

The position is for the Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, and will benefit from interaction with the Ocean Frontier Institute, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the National Research Council Laboratory and the newly established Ocean Supercluster.

The candidate should have a PhD degree, extensive postdoctoral and other experience and a research track record that is exceptional for his/her career stage. It is anticipated that the appointment will be made at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. The successful applicant will be expected to teach a normal allocation of undergraduate and graduate classes in the areas listed above, and to develop a strong research program and team with external funding.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

The appointment will be effective 1 January 2019.

Completed applications, in a single file format, should include:

  • A cover letter outlining qualifications for the position;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A summary of the proposed research program;
  • A statement describing teaching philosophy and teaching interests;
  • A completed Self-Identification Questionnaire, which is available at
  • The contact information (including email addresses) for 3 to 5 referees with knowledge of your work and/or recognized expertise in your discipline. Letters of reference will be solicited by the Search Committee and should not be sent with the initial application.

The application should be sent to:
Chair of Search Committee, Dr Hal Whitehead
c/o Carolyn Young (Administrative Secretary)
Department of Biology
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Subject line: Marine Biodiversity Search
The review process will commence on 1 October 2018, and continue until the position is filled.
For additional information, please contact Dr Hal Whitehead, Chair of the Search Committee (


Postdoctoral and Analyst positions, Marine Food Webs Under Climate Change

Two Postdoctoral Research Positions (Marine Food Webs Under Climate Change):

Description:  The Green Lab at the University of Alberta is searching for two Postdoctoral Researchers to work on a new Lenfest Ocean Program-funded project on marine food webs and climate change in collaboration with the Crowder Lab at Stanford University and NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center. The successful applicants will work with a team of researchers and managers in the US and Canada to develop tools for predicting and evaluating distributional shifts in key fisheries species in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) under climate change. This project entails 1) developing a database of marine species characteristics, 2) conducting multivariate analyses of foraging traits in relation to ecosystem state, 3) developing spatially explicit food web models of the CCLME coupled with ocean climate projections from the Regional Ocean Modelling System, and 4) liaising with project partners and funders to coordinate working group activities.

 Qualifications: Ph.D. in Ecology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management, Oceanography, or Computer Science; experience developing and leading research analyses with ecological and/or oceanographic data sets. An interest and background in foraging ecology is an asset, as well as a desire to conduct research that informs management. We seek candidates with skills and experience in the following areas: database creation and management, multivariate statistics, data synthesis and collation, food web modeling, spatial statistics. The applicant must be able to code, perform advanced statistical analyses, develop relationships with managers and scientists, and summarize scientific findings in the form of written manuscripts, oral presentations, and reports to funders and agencies. We welcome applications from individuals with relevant experience and skill sets in non-marine systems as well.

 Setting: The positions will be based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, a top five research university in the country. Travel to Monterey, California, for collaboration is also required. Learn more about the host labs here ( and here (

Salary: $48,000-54,000; commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Start date: Negotiable.

Term of appointment:  Initial appointment is for one year with renewal for year 2 based on a review to assess performance.

To apply: Applications must include a cover letter addressing your interest in the topic and how you meet the qualifications, your CV, one to three writing samples of published material, and contact information for three references. Documents/materials must be submitted in a single PDF file with the position title as the subject header to

Closing date: Application review will begin October 15 2018. The positions will remain open until filled.

Web posting:

Research Analyst (Marine Food Webs Under Climate Change):

Description: The Green Lab at the University of Alberta is searching for a Research Analyst to work on a new Lenfest Ocean Program-funded project on marine food webs and climate change in collaboration with the Crowder Lab at Stanford University and NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center. The successful applicant will work with a team of researchers and managers on a database of marine species characteristics to be used in a model of food web dynamics in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) under climate change. This two-year project entails 1) contributing to and maintaining a database of marine species characteristics and 2) liaising with the project team and collaborators to coordinate bi-annual working group meetings. Skills required include experience with database management, data synthesis and collation, and scientific writing. An interest and background in foraging ecology is an asset, as well as a desire to conduct research that informs management. Responsibilities include serving as primary and co-author on peer reviewed manuscripts, helping write project reports for funding and management agencies, and assisting with the coordination of a working group.

Qualifications: M.Sc. in Ecology, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management or Oceanography; experience working with biological datasets; knowledge of foraging ecology and marine ecosystem dynamics. Experience developing and ideally leading research analyses; database creation and management.

Setting: The position will be based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Travel to Monterey, California, for collaboration is also required. Learn more about the host institutions here ( and here (

Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience; benefits included.

Start date: Negotiable, but as early as November 2018.

Term of appointment:  Initial appointment is for one year with renewal for year 2 based on a review to assess performance.

To apply: Applications must include a letter of application that addresses your interest in the topic and how you meet the qualifications, your CV, one to three writing samples (of published material), and contact information for three references. Documents/materials must be submitted in a single PDF file with the position title as the email subject to

Closing date: Application review will begin October 1 2018. The position will remain open until filled.

Web posting:



POSITION START DATE: January 1, 2019, for 2 years
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: October 15, 2018, or until position is filled
RANK: Post-doctoral fellow
SALARY RANGE: $45,000–$55,000 per annum (plus benefits), commensurate with qualifications and experience
PROJECT OVERVIEW: We are using a genome-wide association study (GWAS) in combination with linked-read whole-genome resequencing in 30 males and 30 females to test for and identify the genetic basis sex determination in sea lamprey. Sex determination mechanisms in fishes are highly variable, ranging from genotypic (GSD) to environmental (ESD) sex determination. Male-biased sex ratios under conditions of high population density or slow growth have led to suggestions of ESD in lampreys, but there is no conclusive evidence in lampreys of ESD, and no fish species with exclusively ESD are known. Understanding the genetic basis of sex determination in lampreys is important given their phylogenetic position as one of only two surviving groups of jawless vertebrates. Furthermore, the sea lamprey is a significant pest in the Laurentian Great Lakes and genetic manipulation of sex determination could be a powerful tool for control. The Principal Investigators on the project are Drs. Margaret Docker and Colin Garroway (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba) and Dr. Alison Wright (Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield).
JOB DESCRIPTION: The primary task of this position will be to test for a genetic basis for sex determination in the sea lamprey. However, the PDF will also have the opportunity to develop and pursue his or her own research questions within the context of sea lamprey evolutionary genomics.
  • To undertake research on the genomics of sex determination in sea lamprey. To contribute significantly to experimental design, data interpretation and statistical analysis.
  • To trial new techniques and assay systems as required and keep abreast of the research literature relevant to the project.
  • Disseminate research through publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • To attend and contribute to research seminars, departmental meetings and international conferences.
  • Carry out administrative roles as required, e.g. organising physical or remote meetings with collaborators, arranging travel to consortium meetings.
  • Perform professional activities such as refereeing papers, editing journals, refereeing research grants, external examining, organising conferences, committee membership and involvement with professional bodies on accreditation.
  • PhD in evolutionary biology, computational biology, or genetics or successful PhD viva at commencement of contract.
  • Proven ability to process and analyse next-generation sequencing data. Experience with Chromium 10X technology is desired but not essential.
  • Proficiency with analysis software and programming languages, as well as ability to write or adapt scripts and pipelines for in silico genetic analysis.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Well-developed leadership, management and influencing skills
CONTACT: Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a cover letter expressing their research experience and research interests, and the names of three referees by email to
Dr. Margaret Docker, Professor
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba
The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provision of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process


Location: University of Guelph and Hólar University College, Iceland. Field work occurs in the lava caves around Lake Myvatn northern Iceland.

Advisors: Dr. Moira Ferguson, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON Canada and Dr. Camille Leblanc, Hólar University College, Iceland.

Numerous ecological and evolutionary processes contribute to the generation of biodiversity, and the complexity of their interactions has presented a challenge to our understanding of nature. Our knowledge of the roles of development, natural selection, genetic drift, and gene flow in shaping biodiversity is complicated by the spatial and temporal variability inherent in natural systems. A powerful approach to better understand such processes involves monitoring wild populations over generations and obtaining data including pedigrees, phenotype, and fitness, so that we can directly infer evolutionary parameters, particularly those describing selection and genetic variation. We are seeking a talented MSc student to apply such an approach to wild populations of Icelandic Arctic charr, in order to further our understanding of the complex interplay among genes, phenotypes, and ecology, in natural environments.

The successful MSc student will test important microevolutionary theories with individual-based phenotypic records, molecular genetic (SNP) data, and ecological data from 19 populations of Arctic charr residing in a spatially replicated system of lava caves in the Myvatn area of northern Iceland. The monitoring of these populations began in 2012 and provides an impressive long-term dataset for novel insights. Advanced analytical techniques will be used to understand spatial and temporal patterns of genetic variation, natural selection, and ecological covariates. The student will be based at the University of Guelph with Prof. Moira Ferguson but will spend time at Hólar University College with Dr. Camille Leblanc (including annual fieldwork). Our ideal candidate will have interests in evolution, ecology, and genetics, and will have strong quantitative skills – necessary for the advanced analytical techniques used in this field. The student will be able to work independently and as part of a larger team, both in the laboratory and in the field.

The project is part of a long term collaboration between the University of Guelph, Canada (Prof. Moira Ferguson), Hólar University College (Prof. Bjarni K. Kristjánsson, Prof. Skúli Skúlason and Dr. Camille Leblanc), the University of Iceland (Prof. Sigurður S. Snorrason, and Prof. Arni Einarsson), EAWAG, Switzerland (Dr. Katja Räsänen), and the University of St Andrews (Dr. Michael Morrissey). The project is funded by The Icelandic Science Foundation (Rannis) and NSERC (Canada). The position will be filled as soon as a good candidate is found (target date 1. May 2018). The funding for the graduate student positions is sufficient to cover living costs and University of Guelph tuition fees for Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Applicants should send an application letter with a max. 1 page statement of research interests and relevant experience, curriculum vitae, copies of academic qualifications including copies of unofficial transcripts and the names and e-mail addresses of three referees, as a single pdf file to Dr. Moira Ferguson (

For further information contact Dr. Moira Ferguson, Professor at the University of Guelph.